The UIC CUPPA Alumni Association presents:

the 3rd Annual
Life Long Learning Day

Using research and organizing to influence change

November 8, 2003
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria, Chicago

Life Long Learning Day has become an annual tradition at the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. It's a day to return to school and learn from faculty, practitioners, and fellow alumni about current topics and skills pertinent to the fields of planning and public administration. Please join us and your colleagues for another enriching day.

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Hurry! The registration deadline is October 31!

Program Schedule

9:00 am - 9:30 am:

9:30 am - 11:45 am
It's Not Magic, It's DATA
Instructor: Carrie Makarewicz, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Learn to use the innovative and powerful Public Data Query Software (PDQ) to access information from multiple data sets, including present and past Census (1850-2000 micro data), Current Population Survey and General Social Survey data. Participants will each have hands-on practice with queries, extracts, and summary statistics and learn how to download the software for FREE home and office use. Training guide also provided.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Keynote Welcome: Peter Skosey, Metropolitan Planning Council, CUPPA Alumni Association Immediate Past President
Keynote Speaker: Rey Colon, Chicago 35th Ward Alderman
Through successful grassroots organizing, Alderman Colon was able to unseat the incumbent alderman in the 2003 election, proving that independent politics in Chicago is not dead. Find out how working with his community led to campaign victory.

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Turning Data into Action -- Practical Case Studies
Hear detailed case studies from practitioners and researchers that have combined data, organizing, and advocacy to get results. Armed with research to support their cause, these panelists have influenced state legislation, garnered support for new city ordinances, and built large coalitions. Listen to their step-by-step processes, successes, and challenges, and discuss how these methods can be adapted for your organization. Receive detailed case studies on successful housing and transportation efforts.

Housing Action Panelists

Gené Moreno, Policy/Advocacy Director, Chicago Rehab Network
Bob Palmer, Statewide Housing Action Coalition (SHAC)
Lee Smith, Senior Planner, City of Highland Park

Moderator: Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director, Latinos United

Transportation Action Panelists
Jennifer (Gin) Kilgore, Pedestrian Program Manager, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Natasha Holmes, Transportation Associate, Metropolitan Planning Council
Joe DiJohn, Research Professor, UIC Urban Transportation Center
Siim Sööt, Retired Director, UIC Urban Transportation Center

Moderator: Jim Soans, Ravenswood Industrial Council and Ravenswood Area Planning Association

Registration Fee

$30 for University of Illinois Alumni Association members, $40 for non-members. Registration fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon sessions, and materials. (UIAA membership has many benefits, including membership in the CUPPA Alumni Association; click here to join!)